“No Budget provision in 2024 Appropriation for Ahmadu Bello Stadium renovation’ – Sports Ministry

A'Bello Stadium renovation

The Federal Ministry of Sports Development has said no budgetary provision was made for the renovation and maintenance of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the 2024 Appropriation.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director and Head, Press and Public Relations unit, Ministry of Sports Development, Mrs. Kehinde Ajayi, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.

According to the statement, “The attention of the Ministry of Sports Development has been drawn to recent newspaper reports, wherein Hon. Ekene Adams, the Chairman House Committee on Sports, accused the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh of insincerity with the development of sports.

Specifically, in his attempt to push this strange narrative, Hon. Adams said: “Why should the Minister still allocate a budget for the renovation of and maintenance of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the 2024 Budget after the stadium had been handed over to the Kaduna State Government”.

In yet another publication, he also accused the Minister of “opaqueness in the disbursement of FG’s N12 billion Intervention Fund”.

Ajayi said, after going through the self-serving news report, it appears that Ekene Adams takes for granted the burden of the high office he presently occupies on behalf of his constituents and the responsibility that comes with it.

“Having acted in such an undignified and unparliamentary manner in the pursuit of his personal vendetta, our fear is that this sad commentary has the consequence of bringing to public odium and ridicule the image of the legislature as an institution. This is sad.

“It is common knowledge that Hon. Ekene Adams has been sick and indisposed since the beginning of this administration; he is at best, the Chairman of the House Committee on Sports in absentia having to spend a lot of time in hospital taking care of his health.

The Honourable Minister of Sports Development has had to visit him in his sick bed in the hospital at some point. He didn’t have to do this.

“As a result of this reality, it is safe to conclude that Hon Ekene is out of touch with reality and therefore incompetent to make an informed comment and fully appreciate the ongoing raft of reforms in the sports sector under the guidance and leadership of the Minister of Sports Development”, she said.

She asserted that if such a provision was made in the 2024 appropriation for the renovation and maintenance of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, it would still constitute an indictment on Hon Ekene Adams-led House Committee on Sports whose duty it is to scrutinise the Budget before passage.

“No budget provision was made for the renovation and maintenance of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the 2024 appropriation. If such a provision was made, it would still constitute an indictment on the Committee on Sports he chairs whose duty it is to scrutinize the budget before passage”, she emphasised.

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